It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.

1 Corinthians 15:52

“…we will be transformed.” (1 Corinthians 15:52) – read verses 51-53 as a unit.

What does Paul mean when he says our bodies will be changed or transformed?

A good way to look at it is to think of the difference between a car built in the 1960s and one manufactured today. Put them side by side and they are both recognisable as cars. They both have four wheels, doors, windscreens, a boot, and seats. It is obvious they are both cars.

But there will also be some very significant differences. The modern car will have many extras – Bluetooth capacity, air conditioning, automatic reclining seats, a keyless ignition system and some will even park themselves for you – a clear upgrade on the cars of yesteryear.

Paul has a similar thought in mind when he says our bodies will be changed – put alongside our old bodies, our new ones will be recognisable as bodies – but significantly upgraded!

This upgrade of our bodies will take place when Jesus returns for all those who love Him. The dead will be the first to rise and then those who are still alive will be changed. This is described as taking place in a “moment” and in the “blink” or “twinkling” of an eye. These are descriptive phrases to convey the idea of something which happens instantaneously, too fast for the naked eye to take in!

And the upgrade our bodies receive will be to those that are no longer “death-doomed”, totally free from the possibility of corruption and decay. Receiving an immortal body is likened to putting on a new set of clothes, not merely a covering up of our old “clothing” with the new. We shed our old rags of decay and death completely for robes of glory, honour, and life, dressed now in “deathlessness!”

“This upgrade of the body must take place!” declares Paul. The word he uses refers to something that is a logical necessity. To enter God’s Kingdom, we need new, upgraded bodies. Bodies where death and corruption are only covered up will not do. What is required are bodies that are completely transformed by the resurrection power of God!

Anyone ready for a trade-in?!

Q. What kind of hope does God’s promise of an upgraded body inspire in you?

What does Paul mean when he says our bodies will be changed or transformed?

A good way to look at it is to think of the difference between a car built in the 1960s and one manufactured today. Put them side by side and they are both recognisable as cars. They both have four wheels, doors, windscreens, a boot, and seats. It is obvious they are both cars.

But there will also be some very significant differences. The modern car will have many extras – Bluetooth capacity, air conditioning, automatic reclining seats, a keyless ignition system and some will even park themselves for you – a clear upgrade on the cars of yesteryear.

Paul has a similar thought in mind when he says our bodies will be changed – put alongside our old bodies, our new ones will be recognisable as bodies – but significantly upgraded!

This upgrade of our bodies will take place when Jesus returns for all those who love Him. The dead will be the first to rise and then those who are still alive will be changed. This is described as taking place in a “moment” and in the “blink” or “twinkling” of an eye. These are descriptive phrases to convey the idea of something which happens instantaneously, too fast for the naked eye to take in!

And the upgrade our bodies receive will be to those that are no longer “death-doomed”, totally free from the possibility of corruption and decay. Receiving an immortal body is likened to putting on a new set of clothes, not merely a covering up of our old “clothing” with the new. We shed our old rags of decay and death completely for robes of glory, honour, and life, dressed now in “deathlessness!”

“This upgrade of the body must take place!” declares Paul. The word he uses refers to something that is a logical necessity. To enter God’s Kingdom, we need new, upgraded bodies. Bodies where death and corruption are only covered up will not do. What is required are bodies that are completely transformed by the resurrection power of God!

Anyone ready for a trade-in?!

Q. What kind of hope does God’s promise of an upgraded body inspire in you?